MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
With Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them currently dominating the box-office, it’s time to start looking forward to the four sequels on the way.
I think I’m with the majority when I say that Fantastic Beasts was a great return to the Wizarding World and delivered everything a Potter fan could expect from a new adventure. Personally one of my favorite aspects of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was the darker more mature storyline with Colin Farrell’s Graves. This character added something special to the film, and Colin Farrell portrayed him with the perfect amount of skill, so much so that I was almost tricked into believing he was one of the good guys. As the story of Fantastic Beasts developed it became clear that Graves had ulterior motives, and was even perhaps working with this franchise’s villain, Grindelwald. After the epic final showdown in New York, the film revealed that Graves was in fact Grindelwald the entire time, leading us to question where the real Graves is in this universe.
Will Graves Return?
If you were hoping to discover what happened to the real Graves then you might be disappointed. It doesn’t look like Colin Farrell will be bringing his ferocity back to the Wizarding World in a sequel. While speaking to Snitch Seeker, producer David Heyman revealed that Colin Farrell won’t reprising his role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. When asked directly if Farrell will be returning in Fantastic Beasts 2, Heyman said:
“There’s no plans to bring Colin back for the sequel.”
Although I’m sad to see that Percival Graves isn’t appearing in the sequel, the reveal that Graves is in fact, Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald was by far the biggest surprise in the movie. Of course, we knew that Depp would have a cameo in this first film, but I don’t think anyone expected Grindelwald to be hiding as another character, especially one that had so much potential for development.
Colin Farrell’s villainous days in the Wizarding World are over, but Johnny Depp is just getting started. Grindelwald is one of the worst recorded dark wizards, second only to Voldemort so we should all look forward to him having a bigger role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is playing around the world and the sequel will land in theaters on November 16, 2018.